Nutrition and lactation support on NICU
Juliet Cooper, Infant Feeding Advisor
Toni-Anne Lowe, Infant
Our Infant Feeding Team is based on the neonatal unit and aims
to support parents in all aspects of feeding during their baby's
stay. Led by Infant Feeding Advisors, our team are on hand to
provide information and support.
Expressing Milk - Breast milk is highly
beneficial to preterm and poorly babies. We aim to support mothers
in providing breast milk for their baby by showing them how to hand
express in the first few days to gain colostrum (mother's first
milk). It is quite common for a mother's milk supply to change
during their baby's time in hospital and our team can give tips and
advice to help.
Breastfeeding - If a mother chooses to
breastfeed her baby the team are on hand to offer advice to enable
mothers to go home feeling confident feeding their baby.
Baby Friendly Initiative - We are a level 3
accredited unit by Unicef and the Infant Feeding Team help to
continue this effort by implementing guidelines and policies to
ensure the service and care we give is best practice. All nursing
staff are thoroughly trained to support families and improve their
experience. Saint Mary's Hospital has achieved Baby Friendly
Initiative (BFI) Full Accreditation. This demonstrates the
good practices and hard work we provide within NICU in support of
breast feeding. The Trust is recognised by UNICEF and the
World Health Organisation (WHO) as providing best practice
standards in support of breast feeding to our women, babies and
their families. We are also endorsed by NICE, the Department
of Health and Bliss.
We have recently launched the Small Wonders
project, which focuses on Family Centred Care. You can take a
look at this on the website www.bestbeginnings.org.uk.
We want to help you to be as much a part of your baby's care as
you would like, right from the first few days when you can express
milk and learn special ways to hold your baby (skin to skin contact
and containment holding) to feeding, bathing and taking care of
your baby's everyday needs as they get nearer to discharge.